Pew is a high school counsellor and creative
writing teacher. He is co-editor, and Pushcart Prize nominee, for radiant danse uv being: a poetic portrait of
bill bissett (Nightwood Editions, 2006). His poetry and journalism have
appeared in various magazines, BC’s Poetry
in Transit, and on CBC radio. Jeff lives in Kimberley, BC with Alison. They
have two sons, Kalum and Noah.
Foot In is his first collection of poetry.
One Foot In by Jeff Pew
"Jeff Pew’s poems are full of
play, curiosity, wisdom, and pain. He’s a generous poet whose work ranges from
the beautifully banal to the bizarrely surreal. You should read him, and read
him to your friends on the phone."
Ross, author of A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent
ISBN 978-0-9975021-4-5 120 pages $16.95 5.5"x8.5" perfect bound, paper
I wander through rivers stumble over rocks tiptoe between the certainty of logjams and the grizzly bear hidden behind the bush. I fling a thin line into the current a tiny hook disguised as a fly, moth, beetle the succulent deception of its blue-green belly.
I’ve got better things to do than drag these fish to my knees cradle them in my palm twist hooks from pierced lips.
Yet, who can trust the tyranny of evolution?
Before I return fish to water I cast a stern stare. I say, this is a scrap of foam. This, a dry feather, rejected by a peacock. Let the hook’s glint be your beacon. Let it remind you of the cruelty of pointy things.
I’m teaching you a lesson: how to become a better fish.
"Jeff Pew's wild and ecstatic metaphors burn their star maps, and spark quantum
leaps beneath the familiar surfaces of dive bars, a couple's kitchen, and
hospital beds. Through wry humor, sly tonal variations, and incisive detail,
the accumulated minutia of life shimmers, uncanny. These poems take us for a
spin in the babysitter's mustang, and leave us curb-side, our minds blown and
Stephanie Warner, author of Unlearning the Adorable
"In Jeff Pew’s eulogy for youth, the world is a closely considered,
well-worn, best-loved thing. The
small and immediate is juxtaposed with the big and global. Reading One Foot In, you’ll have your
own conversation with death and the celebration that is life."
Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of Weekend
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